Seeking to put God’s love into action, This is Living Ministries disciples those affected by incarceration and addiction with Biblical Principles. Teaching them how to live out these principles in their own home, church, workplace, and community.
Women with a heart to see lives restored met as a group of jail ministry volunteers. We all felt passionate about helping women after incarceration. As we were seeking to find resources for them, we realized there was a huge need for housing, training, clothing, and spiritual formation. With a recidivism rate of 86% in our local county jail and those of the surrounding rural counties, we decided to turn our vision into a mission.
Meet the Team
But my life means nothing to me. My only goal is to finish the race. I want to complete the work the Lord Jesus has given me. He wants me to tell others about the good news of God’s grace. -Acts 20:24
Founder & Executive Director
Lindsay Holloway lived a life of addiction and incarceration for over 8 years. Since being set free from these strongholds, she is driven to shine a light to lead people to Jesus’ transformative love. She has been sharing her testimony for 7 years in jails, prisons, schools, and churches. She serves as the Putnam County Women’s Jail Ministry Leader for Life Church. Lindsay is pursuing a degree at Colorado Christian University in Biblical Studies and Organizational Management in Christian Leadership. She also partners with other nonprofits such as the Beacon Center of Tennessee, ERLC, and Prison Fellowship as an advocacy speaker for criminal justice reform policies. She lives in Baxter, TN with her husband, Derek Holloway, and daughter, Morgan Holloway. Derek and Lindsay lead a small group at Life Church to disciple men and women coming out of incarceration and addiction.
Dr. Susan Sharpe
Chairman of the Board
Dr. Susan Sharpe received her Doctorate of Ministry degree with an emphasis in Leadership Development from Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, MN and is a certified Life Coach. As President of Intentional Living, she is passionate about helping women discover the unique purpose for which God has created them, as well as encouraging them to become intentionally influential leaders in their own areas of influence. Dr. Sharpe has published leadership development coaching curriculum and received the 100 Most Influential Women in Chicago Award in 2000. She has served on numerous Non-Profit Boards and currently serves as President of Feng Li Li Foundation, President of Laura-Valentine Ministries, Vice-President of Allie’s Helping Hands, and Board Member of Bethany Children’s Services, Nashville. Dr. Sharpe’s greatest joy is taking time from her busy schedule to spend time with her husband and two children. She and her family currently live in Nashville, TN.
Vice-Chairman of the Board
Hannah Cox is the Director of Outreach for the Beacon Center of Tennessee, a nonprofit that works on both legislation and litigation to advance free markets, individual liberty, and limited government at the state level. Prior to working at the Beacon Center, Hannah spent five years working in Nashville’s music industry. She most recently worked for one of the world’s largest international media corporations, Entertainment One. Hannah began her work in Tennessee state politics in 2013 in her role as the Director of Development for the Tennessee Firearms Association (TFA). She also served as a policy advocate for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and co-founded a coalition and blog, My Just+Us, that sought to involve more millennials in the political process, particularly at the state level. Hannah received her Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. In her spare time, she works as the coordinator for a mental health coalition, TASMIE, and is active in her church, Bethel World Outreach Center.
Secretary of the Board
Linda Vickers is married to Richard Vickers and lives in Cookeville, TN. They have three children and 5 grandchildren. She attends Life Church where she has volunteered with the Jail Ministry for 3 years, and she has ministered to women recovering from addiction for 8 years. In the past, Linda served, alongside her husband, as a deacon’s wife in two different churches for 16 years. She has also lead a nursing home ministry, taught in children’s church, and has been a volunteer for Teen Challenge and Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Linda and Richard have owned and operated L & R Cleaning Service in Cookeville TN for 18 years.
Palmer Williams is a founding partner of The Peacefield Group, where she specializes in legal and policy analysis related to international human rights, human dignity, non-profit operations and government affairs. As a licensed attorney knowledgeable in international law, she has extensive experience advocating for human rights on the international stage, including at the United Nations. She earned her Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt Law School and her B.A. in Political Science and Community Development from Vanderbilt University. Palmer also spent several years living and serving in sub-Saharan Africa, working with grassroots NGOs serving vulnerable children and victims of the HIV epidemic. Palmer and her husband, Joseph, have two sons, and live in Nashville, TN.
Jennifer Ray is married to Bill Ray. They have two children and four grandsons. She began life with a career in banking, but her love of teaching led her to earn a degree in education. Using those skills, and her love of the Word of God, she began teaching Sunday school to a group of singles and a ladies class in the late 1980’s and continued to do that through the early 1990’s. Also in the late 1980’s, She was involved with a group which organized and began the Crisis Pregnancy Center in Cookeville, TN. She then served in other various leadership roles but feeling led to teach, she began a Wednesday night Bible study in my home and spent several years ministering to that group of young ladies. Once the season of that group had ended, the door opened for her to serve in the White County Jail Ministry where she continues to serve by holding church services and assisting in 12-step classes in the jail and at the Doyle Methodist Church.